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Commercial Aviation Movies: Volume 2 – Video

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This video contains three separate movies featuring United Airlines, TWA, and American Airlines in the late 1940s to early 1960s.

Letter From a TWA Constellation Pilot

We follow TWA airline Constellation pilot Pete Martin as he shows us what it is like to work at TWA. He shows us behind the scenes and takes us onboard his Connie flight from Los Angeles to New York La Guardia. However, Pete was on a crew change at Kansas City, Missouri.

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We watch how fabulous TWA airline meals are made and served on long flights across the country.

There is a lot of the operation in Kansas City shown in this movie, including crew training.

In the film, we see the Star of France and the Star of Alaska aircraft.

Pete Martin has 18,000 flying hours and has been a pilot since 1933.

We go through the pre-flight briefing and get ready for takeoff.

The flight follows antiquated navigational aids.

You will be introduced to what goes into making up your flight by observing all the necessary operations from ticketing to the touchdown.

You are taken through all phases that add up to a safe and enjoyable trip during the post-WWII years, including food preparation, pre-flight preparation, weather analysis, pre-flighting the plane, plane loading, and take off.

A special feature is controller-pilot and pilot-co-pilot communication so necessary to coordinate complex airport operations and flight Other worthy segments include a primer on the basics of flying in IFR conditions (bad weather, low visibility conditions) through the sky and to touch down, glimpses into the maintenance of pilot skills and health and detailed footage of TWA maintenance and overhauls.

Take the flight and sharpen your “behind the scene” knowledge of the operation of the Super-Constellation and TWA and enjoy some spectacular bonus footage such as views of the Grand Canyon from the sky; pilot deck crew running through the pre-takeoff checklist in the cockpit; actual instrument flying with the panel instruments through the sky and the approach; the bustle and discipline of a plane overhaul in the shop.

American Airlines Flight Three

Fly through history on American Airlines Flight Three in a 707 jet bound for Los Angeles.

The video allows you to participate in all the many critical steps in flight planning in the early 1960s. You will watch all the behind-the-scenes work that leads to a safe and satisfying trip—weather analysis, flight planning, weight and balance calculations, fuel planning, and many more.

You’ll get to ride in the cockpit and gain a new appreciation for all the communication and cooperation that gets a flight off the ground and to its destination safely and on time.

All of you out there who are American Airline’s history buffs shouldn’t miss this glimpse of U.S. commercial aviation in the late fifties and early sixties.

Highlights of Aviation

This film takes you through the highlights of the rich and historic development of America’s aviation development.

Spectacular pictures begin with footage capturing the early flights by the Wright brothers allowing you a unique glimpse into the birth of our country’s aviation.

But this is just the beginning.

Enjoy footage of soaring gliders, the workhorse Piper Cub of early days, early helicopters, amphibious aircraft, the aircar, and military and commercial planes. For nostalgic history buffs, this is an unusual opportunity to relive our country’s rich historic aviation history.

A great deal of the footage is shot from the air and gives you a sense of a pilot’s perspective. Nice shots of United Airlines DC-3 preparing to takeoff, in-flight and crew operations. Particularly unusual shots include an aircar setting down to ask a motorist directions to his destination, breathtaking pictures of soaring among the clouds, inside peek at a United Airlines DC-3 cabin in operation in flight, We’re sure you will enjoy this entertaining film.

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